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Neuropsychological effects of an activation intervention in inpatients with depression

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Close date
Friday, 28 September 2018
Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
Christchurch
Location
On-campus
Qualification
PhD
Department
Psychological Medicine (UOC)
Supervisors
Professor Richard Porter, Dr Katie Douglas

Overview

Inpatients suffering from severe depression also have very significant cognitive impairment and reduced activity levels which remain even at discharge.

We have therefore designed an intervention which targets the inactivity with behavioural activation therapy and the cognitive impairment with a cognitive activation therapy.

We are conducting a randomised controlled trial of this activation therapy versus treatment as usual.

One of the key outcomes will be neuropsychological function and we are seeking a PhD student with an interest in cognitive function and mental illness to undertake a PhD in this area.

Further information

Department of Psychological Medicine (UOC)

Professor Richard Porter's staff profile
Dr Katie Douglas' staff profile

Contact

Professor Richard Porter
Email   richard.porter@otago.ac.nz